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China Entertainment Contracts, 101

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Film Industry, Legal News

I touched on this topic during my recent webinar for the China-Britain Business Council about China Film Intellectual Property. Most of my comments apply equally to all industries, not just the film industry. Chinese contracts are usually simpler and shorter than contracts used in the West. The specialized vocabulary taken for granted in Western film… Continue Reading

China Intellectual Property in Film and Online Broadcasting: A Webinar Starting on June 23 (9:30 a.m. London Time, 4:30 p.m. China Time)

Posted in China Film Industry, Events

The China Britain Business Council and the British Chamber of Commerce in China are co-sponsoring what is sure to be a great webinar, An Overview of Intellectual Property in Film and Online Broadcasting (VOD) Regulation. Click here to register, but do it fast because it starts very soon. The seminar is described as follows: China’s film… Continue Reading

Beijing International Film Festival: Sino-Foreign Co-Productions

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Mathew Alderson, who leads our China entertainment group from Beijing, just moderated a panel at the 5th Beijing International Film Festival. The panel was about sino-foreign co-productions. Mathew’s panel was preceded by a keynote address given by Miao Xiaotian, General Manager, China Film Co-production Corporation (CFCC). The panelists were: Ellen Eliasoph, President and CEO, Village… Continue Reading

The Music Business in China: Copyright And Regulatory Issues. Beijing, March 26

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Mathew Alderson, head of our Beijing-based China Entertainment Group will be leading an AmCham Conference on China’s Music Business. This event, The Music Business in China: Copyright and Regulatory Issues, will take place on March 26 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the following venue: AmCham China Conference Center The Office Park AB, 6th Floor… Continue Reading

China And US Film And TV Content Event: Beijing on March 18

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Mathew Alderson, who heads up our China media and entertainment practice, will be moderating a panel of leading experts discussing the “issues faced by creatives and producers when developing content suitable for audiences in both China and the US.” This AmCham event is called Creating Film and TV Content for Audiences in Both China and the… Continue Reading

Will Chinese Broadcasters Pay Public Performance Royalties To Record Companies?

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry, Legal News

This is the second in a series of posts on music copyright in China. My first post China Music Copyrights is here. China is often criticized by the US for its copyright laws but China and the US have more in common than you might have thought when it comes to copyright — they are both among… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Getting More Industrial

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China Economic Review editor Hudson Lockett interviewed our Beijing-based entertainment lawyer, Mathew Alderson, for his story, 2014: The year China’s film industry got more industrial. Mr. Lockett was interested in some of the issues Mathew covered in his recent series on digital ancillaries in China’s film industry. The below are some of the questions and answers from… Continue Reading

China and Hollywood — A Front-Row Seat with Clifford Coonan: In Beijing on November 20

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In his capacity as chairman of AmCham China’s Media & Entertainment Forum, Mathew Alderson, who heads our China entertainment team out of Beijing, frequently invites distinguished guests to speak about media and entertainment issues in China. This Thursday (tomorrow), November 20, starting at noon in Beijing, Mathew will be moderating a talk by well-known journalist… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Online, Part 4. It’s About Copyrights.

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This is the final post in a series looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. In this series we’ve seen that China’s ancillaries are still comparatively small despite explosive box office growth. In part 1, I looked at how China leads the world in online consumption and how China’s consumers prefer to use mobile… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Online, Part 3. Production and Distribution Converge in Cyberspace

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This is the third in a series of posts looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. Part I is here and Part II is here. In this post I comment on the impending online convergence of motion picture production and motion picture distribution in China. Online giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (collectively, “BAT”) have each… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Online, Part I

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China’s theatrical box office market may be huge but the ancillary revenues (i.e. non-box office) are still relatively small in China. This is the first in a series of posts on developments in China’s digital ancillaries in a lead-up to the US-China Film Summit, which I will be attending along with a number of other lawyers from… Continue Reading

China Entertainment Law Event, Beverly Hills, November 3

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Our Beijing-based China entertainment lawyer, Mathew Alderson, will be speaking at a Beverly Hills Bar Association Event, on November 3, 2014, from noon to 1:30, at 9420 Wilshire Boulevard. The event is China’s Entertainment Industry: Exploring the Evolving Legal and Business Landscape. Mathew will be sharing the podium with Malcolm McNeil of the Arent Fox… Continue Reading

Australia-China Film Industry Forum. Tuesday, June 17 at SIFF.

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Mathew Alderson, our firm’s lead China media and entertainment attorney, will be speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival again this year. This year, Mathew will be moderating a panel at the Annual Australia-China Film Industry Forum on Tuesday June 17th. This panel will be discussing new opportunities for sino-foreign co-productions, with panelists Susan Xu, Vice General Manager, China Film Coproduction Corporation, Tony Zhang, Vice President, DMG… Continue Reading

Join Our China Law Blog Group On Linkedin

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We started a China Law Blog Group on Linkedin with the goal of creating a spam-free source for China networking, information and discussion. We now have nearly 8,500 members and, more importantly, a number of lively discussions. We have had some absolutely terrific discussions, both based on the numbers (a number of the discussions have received around 100 comments… Continue Reading

China Concerts: Law And Business.

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The Wall Street Journal did a couple of stories last week on the difficulties foreigners face when getting involved in China’s concert business. The first article, entitled, China Wants to Rock but Regulations Hinder, but Regulations Hinder, consists mostly of a Q & A session with Beijing entertainment lawyer Mathew Alderson.  Alderson focused on the… Continue Reading

China Factual Content (Documentary TV And Movies).

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With so much foreign attention focused on the possibilities for drama in China it is easy at times to overlook the nation’s thirst for foreign-produced or foreign-formatted factual content. The recent announcement of BBC Worldwide’s deal with CCTV is a timely reminder that factual content can succeed in an environment where reality and elimination formats are… Continue Reading

The End of Chinese Cultural Exceptionalism? Part 3 of 3: Forget It, Jack, It’s Chinatown

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This is part two of a three part series on media piracy in China by Joe Karaganis, arising out of a report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies. Part I is here. Part II is here.   I won’t pretend any expertise on Hollywood-China film politics, but it does sound like it would make for… Continue Reading

China Film And IP

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The Hollywood Reporter recently did a story, entitled, “China’s Looming Entertainment Problem: Not Enough Lawyers,” discussing, among other things, intellectual property in China. Our own Beijing-based China entertainment lawyer, Mathew Alderson, was interviewed for that story and The Hollywood Reporter has kindly agreed to allow us to run a post based on the original interview…. Continue Reading

Ancient Chinese Business Scam With A New Hollywood Twist. It’s Baaaack.

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About a year ago, in Ancient China Business Scam With A New Hollywood Twist, we wrote of how we were hearing about film and media companies getting hit with an old-fashioned scam from China.  Things then went quiet for a while, but in the last month, we have received two emails from two US film companies seeking… Continue Reading

The Beijing International Film Festival, Part II

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This is Part II of a series of posts I will be doing on China’s film industry, to help our readers kick off the Beijing International Film Festival, which I will be attending again this year.  Yesterday I was email interviewed by Fox News regarding China’s film industry.  The below is that interview:   Reporter:… Continue Reading

The Beijing International Film Festival

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A palpable sense of excitement is starting to build here in Beijing as the Third Beijing International Film Festival approaches. Taking place April 16 – 23, The Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF) is emerging as a natural focal point for Hollywood’s preoccupation with the Chinese film business and has already become a regular date on the… Continue Reading

China Movie Co-Productions. They’re Tightening In A Sign Of Things That Have Come

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One of the things we are always writing about and always trying to get a handle on is what the attitude is in China towards foreign investment.  That attitude is never static for long, always shifting with the economy and sometimes shifting due to other factors such as politics. We are in the midst of… Continue Reading

China Film Co-Productions. Show Me The Money. The Domestic Edition.

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This post was co-written by Mathew Alderson (my law firm’s lead China entertainment lawyer) and Tyler Cohen.  Tyler is fluent in Chinese and he worked with Mathew on China film matters this past summer before beginning law school at the University of Toronto. Three factors are driving international interest in Sino-foreign movie co-productions: (1) China… Continue Reading